Wrong again . . .

September 5, 2006 at 2:43 pm (General)

By the way, in class the other day I mixed up Sara Teasdale with Fiona MacLeod. Sorry about that.



  1. Sarah Simpson said,

    Is this where we’re posting questions this week?
    Wait–that’s not my question. Here goes:
    What IS the curse that comes upon the Lady of Shalott?

  2. Daniela Newland said,

    My question is also poem-specific: who is the “gray barbarian” (l. 174) in “Locksley Hall”?
    I’ll take Sarah’s question.

  3. Holly Ellern said,

    What was Tennyson’s interest in and experience with Arthurian legend; which sources (ex: Malory, Chretien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Bede, Marie de France, etc.) would have had the greatest influence on his writing; and how is his version of the legend distinctly Victorian?

  4. Sarah Simpson said,

    I’ll take Daniela’s question.

  5. Sarah Simpson said,

    Upon my first reading, I saw the “gray barbarian” as simply an uncivilized man–the kind that Tennyson dreams of being and then quickly scorns when coming to his senses: “Fool, again the dream, the fancy! but I KNOW my / words are wild, / But I count the gray barbarian lower than the / Christian child” (L176-9). Scholar David G. Riede supports my interpretation by saying that the speaker of “Locksley Hall” longs to escape from the center (London/England) to the periphery (some other paradise yet to be discovered). But this “transgressive, imperialist fantasy is, of course, immediately rejected, simply because the center IS more valued than the periphery–or, more crudely, because the English and their age of progress are immeasurably superior to the lower races at the far end of empire” (Riede, 9).
    Riede, David G. “Tennyson’s Poetics of Melancholy and the Imperial Imagination.” SEL 40, 4 (Autumn 2000): 659-678.

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